Yanique will discuss her latest novel and short story collection, “Monster in the Middle,” which follows one couple — a Black American musician from a mixed-religious background and a Catholic science teacher from the Caribbean — as their romance spans decades and continents and is influenced by family lore and love stories that preceded theirs. “Monster in the Middle” was included in Boston Globe’s list of best books of 2021.
Yanique is also the author of the award-winning novel “Land of Love and Drowning,” which won the 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Award from the Center for Fiction, the Phillis Wheatley Award for Pan-African Literature and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Rosenthal Family Foundation Award. The novel was listed by NPR as one of the best books of 2014. Yanique’s poetry collection “Wife” won the 2016 Bocas Prize in Caribbean poetry and the United Kingdom’s 2016 Forward/Felix Dennis Prize for a First Collection. She is also the recipient of the 2014 Center for Fiction First Novel award and is a National Book Foundation 5 under 35 honoree. She has also received a Rona Jaffe Award and a Fulbright scholarship. Her short fiction has been published in “The New Yorker” and anthologized in “Best American Short Stories 2020.”
Originally from the Virgin Islands, Yanique now lives in Atlanta, where she is an associate professor at Emory University.
The Sundays in Suwanee Series event, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 3 p.m. at the Suwanee library branch at 361 Main St.
Books will be available for sale and signing from Eagle Eye Book Shop.
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